Silence Is Easy - Starsailor
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  • Summary: The sophomore effort for the English quartet includes two tracks produced by the legendary (and allegedly homicidal) Phil Spector, with the remainder handled by John Leckie and Danton Suppie.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. [Starsailor] sounds more confident than ever.
  2. 76
    If all goes well, people will forego the bad songs and concentrate on the really good ones, and Starsailor will get the message to go subtle and tight. [#8, p.102]
  3. 'Silence Is Easy' is non-challenging "pretty pretty" music for early-ageing types who might recoil at anything without an acoustic guitar and tomtoms.
  4. Defiantly sappy, Silence Is Easy survives mostly on Walsh's oddly graceful singing. Unfortunately, the music on the whole is prosaic, even boring at times.
  5. 40
    Falls into an identikit pattern of string-laden sentiment. [Oct 2003, p.120]
  6. Sounds like Coldplay covering Barry Manilow.
  7. This is a pompous, blandly histrionic album, faintly monumental in its drabness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. May 10, 2013
    It's unfortunate that Starsailor worked with Phil Spector to release a commercial album for American audiences. Instead of the minimalist instrumentation present on the first release the structure of songs is more complex and the sound is grander and epic (particularly on Four to the Floor). Sadly the album falls flat on its face and the songs are generally quite boring despite the production of previously brilliant producers. Upon repeated listens however the album seems to improve, but its still a weak release from a great band. Expand

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